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For over three decades, audiences have turned to This Old House for advice on restoration, design and renovation. With an aim to demystify the home improvement process, host Kevin O'Connor, master carpenter Norm Abram, general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, and landscape contractor Roger Cook offer a trusted and formidable source of expertise, along with wit, humor, and a great sense of camaraderie.

How can just 200 square feet of additional living space change everything for a growing family? The Arlington Italianate Project shows you how. 

Local architect David Whitney has the family’s’ solution: a second–story master suite addition and clever reorganization of the awkward, chopped-up 2,100-square-foot Italianate home just north of Boston in Arlington, MA. Watch the crew restore old world features, uncover hidden gems—such as ornate plaster mouldings and medallions above an old dropped ceiling—and discover one surprise after another.

You'll also get a glimpse of new technologies in this series: replicating architectural details with a 3-D printer, energy efficient circulator pumps that can make a difference in a family’s energy bill, and watertight fiberglass gutters that mimic historic wooden gutters without the maintenance issues.

To offer an inside look at the Italianate style, Abram visits one of the best preserved Italianate homes in the United States—Victoria Mansion in Portland, ME—and Cook tours the Italianate gardens of Elm Bank with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, MA.

This Old House welcomed Edgar Hansen from Deadliest Catch! If he hadn’t become a fisherman, he would have been a contractor. Find out if his skills are up to the task – catch him on the This Old House website.

» Keep up with the crew and their projects on The Homeowners’ Blog.



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